An inspirational Sheffield Hallam University staff member has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson, head of research at the University’s Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE), has been awarded an MBE for her services to higher education.
Recognised for her ‘unwavering dedication’ to widening access to higher education for under-represented groups, Professor Stevenson has a deep understanding of the experiences of disadvantaged groups in higher education which has earned her an established global reputation.
Her work has focused on the social and academic experiences of Muslim and refugee students as well as other under-represented groups.
Professor Stevenson currently leads a mentoring scheme with Voluntary Action Sheffield which aims to link individual members of Sheffield Hallam staff with individual refugees to help them develop an understanding of UK higher education.
A member of the Equality Challenge Unit Higher Education Race Action Group, Professor Stevenson’s work has also seen her give evidence to a Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee enquiry on employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK, as well as lead a team from the AdvanceHE and Runnymede Trust to produce practical guidance to universities in support of disadvantaged and under-represented ethnic groups.
Professor Stevenson said: “I am thrilled and enormously grateful to have received this recognition. I hope that my work will continue to support universities to diversify their policies and practices, so that many more students are able to achieve their potential and attain equitable outcomes.”
Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We are extremely pleased to see Professor Stevenson recognised for her hard work and dedication. Her commitment to widening participation is outstanding and her research is having a welcome impact on students and their futures.”